Movie Review: BLOODSHOT

BLOODSHOT movie poster | ©2020 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Vin Diesel, Eiza Gonzalez, Guy Pearce, Lamorne Morris, San Heughan, Toby Kebbell, Siddharth Dhananjay, Talulah Riley Writers: Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer, story by Jeff Wadlow, based on the comics by Kevin VanHook & Bob Layton & Don Perlin Director: Dave Wilson Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: March 13, 2020 BLOODSHOT is based on a comic book series by Kevin VanHook & Bob Layton & Don Perlin. At first glance, it looks like one of those Dolph Lundgren or Jean-Claude Van Damme techno sci-fi flicks that got a temporal update and a financial upgrade. While this isn’t an […]Read On »

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WHEN WE RISE: Dustin Lance Black talks the civil rights miniseries – interview

Guy Pierce as Cleve Jones in WHEN WE RISE | © 2017 ABC/Image Group LA

WHEN WE RISE is a four-part miniseries, written by Dustin Lance Black, about the gay, lesbian and transgender civil rights movement from 1971 through the present. The ABC presentation, which also examines feminism and racial civil rights, begins Monday, February 27, skips a night and then continues Wednesday-Friday, March 1-3. Black earned an Oscar for his original screenplay for MILK, the 2008 feature film about the late San Francisco city supervisor and gay rights activist Harvey Milk. WHEN WE RISE similarly dramatizes the lives of real people. We see some of them in both their youth and as older adults. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: EQUALS

EQUALS | © 2016 A24/DirecTV

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, Jacki Weaver, Guy Pearce, David Selby, Bel Powley Writer: Nate Parker, story by Drake Doremus Director: Drake Doremus Distributor: A24/DirecTV Release Date (theatrical, DirecTV): July 15, 2016 In a number of ways, EQUALS resembles quite a few screen adaptations of young adult dystopian science fiction novels. In a future where people are born after having been subjected to neonatal injections designed to inhibit their emotions, Silas (Nicholas Hoult) and Nia (Kristen Stewart) fall in love. So what makes EQUALS different? For starters, it’s not an adaptation, nor is it aimed at the YA […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LAWLESS

LAWLESS movie poster | ©2012 The Weinstein Company

Rating: R Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan,, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman Writer: Nick Cave, based on the book THE WETTEST COUNTY IN THE WORLD by Matt Bondurant Director: John Hillcoat Distributor: Weinstein Co. Release Date: August 29, 2012 Once upon a time, movies about moonshine-whisky makers were much more common than they are these days. Enter LAWLESS, which has the feel of a slightly tall tale while still being respectably dramatic and action-filled. We’re in Franklin County,Virginia, a rural place where Prohibition exists as something that is mainly the problem of city […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PROMETHEUS

PROMETHEUS movie poster | ©2012 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green, Sean Harris, Rafe Spall Writers: Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof Director: Ridley Scott Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: June 8, 2012 Prior to PROMETHEUS, director Ridley Scott has, in his prolific career, made only two other science fiction films. However, those two films were ALIEN and BLADE RUNNER. It’s hard to imagine what current science fiction (and, in the case of ALIEN, creature horror) films would look like without those two seminal features in the canon, except to say that things would be different. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SEEKING JUSTICE

SEEKING JUSTICE movie poster | ©2012 Anchor Bay Films

Rating: R Stars: Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce, Jennifer Carpenter, IronE Singtleton, Harold Perrineau, Xander Berkeley Writer: Robert Tannen, story by Todd Hickey and Robert Tannen Director: Roger Donaldson Distributor: Anchor Bay Films Release Date: March 16, 2012 SEEKING JUSTICE is a somewhat gonzo mixture of THE STAR CHAMBER, PAY IT FORWARD and any number of movies about a good man who gets himself into a bad situation. Of course, we can see that Nicolas Cage’s Will Gerard is making a big mistake long before he does. Still, thanks to some nifty action sequences staged by director Roger Donaldson, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK

DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK movie poster | ©2011 Film District/Miramax

Rating: R Stars: Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison, Jack Thompson Writers:  Guillermo Del Toro & Matthew Robbins, based on the original teleplay by Nigel McKeand Director: Troy Nixey Distributor: FilmDistrict/Miramax Release Date: August 26, 2011 Audiences of a certain age have at least vague memories of the original 1973 TV movie DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, written by Nigel McKeand, which featured Kim Darby as a young woman using the flash cubes on a Polaroid camera to combat evil, light-fearing creatures that lived in the chimney and under the fireplace of an old house. The new feature film […]Read On »

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Interview: DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK star Guy Pearce sees the light

Guy Pearce in DONT BE AFRAID OF THE DARK | ©2011 Film District

In the new horror film DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, produced and co-written by Guillermo del Toro (with Matthew Robbins) and directed by Troy Nixey, Guy Pearce plays a father whose young daughter (Bailee Madison) is sent to live with him and his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in his creepy old house infected by little creatures living in the walls. The film is actually a remake of a classic made-for-TV movie penned by Nigel McKeand – a now classic film that many (including Del Toro) remember fondly for all the nightmares it provided. However, Pearce admits he “knew it […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE KING’S SPEECH

THE KING'S SPEECH movie poster | ©2010 The Weinstein Company

A stressed-out man with a lifelong stammer goes to a speech therapist for help with public speaking. If this doesn’t sound like especially fertile ground for gripping drama, let’s add that the year at the start is 1934, the stammerer in question is the British Prince Albert (Colin Firth) and that his therapist is commoner Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), an Australian immigrant and family man with a passion for acting that is, alas, more enthusiastic than artistic.

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